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Suspect in Garda murder faces deportation

Friday, 19th May, 2017 10:53am

Suspect in Garda murder faces deportation

A suspect in the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe is facing deportation to Ireland after being arrested in New York. The man, who is in his mid-20s was taken into custody in New York by officials yesterday. It is believed he was arrested and detained by the United States' Homeland Security for immigration offences.

Earlier this year Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has described the murder of Cavan-native, Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe, as “brutal and senseless” when marking the fourth anniversary of his death in January.

Det Gda Donohoe (41), originally from Kilnaleck, was fatally shot in Bellurgan, Louth in January 2013 by an armed gang of five people who were involved in a robbery at Lordship Credit Union.

The married father-of-two, who had served 19-years in the force, was the first garda officer to be shot dead in the line of duty since 1996, and was afforded a full state funeral. Extensive inquiries have been carried out in this country and with international policing authorities.

The suspect Gardaí believe to be part of the four-man gang has been living in the Bronx area of New York. Two other men linked to the murder are living in Boston, while the fourth splits his time between Newry, Co Down, and Dundalk.

The detained man, in his mid-20s and from South Armagh, was arrested for breaches of the immigration law and now faces deportation for overstaying his visa. Last October, the partner of another suspect was arrested in the US. She went into the federal deportation programme and arrived home in January. To date no one has yet been prosecuted for the murder.

Since Adrian’s killing, 2,800 statements have been taken by the investigation team based at Dundalk Garda Station. Anyone with information in relation to the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe should call the incident room in Dundalk Garda Station on 042 9388470 or the Garda Confidential Number on 1800 666 111.

The Irish League of Credit Unions, which represents credit unions in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, have offered a reward of €50,000 for information that leads to any arrest and prosecution in respect of the murder of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe.

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